KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Kansas City Zoo announced the death of a lion on Friday.
The 20-year-old lion named Mufasa was born at the zoo in 2001 and died this week. The zoo said it treated Mufasa for age-related issues for several years. Recently, her quality of life has started to decline. After a series of reviews, the zoo said it had made the difficult decision to euthanize Mufasa.
“This beloved lion was truly a member of the KCZoo family and will be greatly missed,” according to a post on the zoo’s Facebook page.
Zoo workers said Mufasa enjoyed playing and napping with the other male lions in the pride. Animal specialists said he was also extremely good at training.
The coaches said that Mufasa also liked goat’s milk and barrels as rewards. The lion also had fun discovering his Christmas presents during the annual Lion Christmas event, according to the zoo.
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